I have written elsewhere on the photographic limitations of travelling by train. On a recent journey along the West Highland Line we passed mountain after mountain lit up by a bright low winter sun – all of them inaccessible to my Nikkor lens through a dirty railway carriage window. The only solution was to hop off the train when it stopped – I did this but once at Crianlarich as it nearly gave me heart failure :-). I was still on the platform when the doors closed and the carriages started moving, fortunately only a few feet – they were decoupling two carriages – the front half of the train heading for Oban and the rear half for Fort William. These are the results of my brief foray; fortunately they have snowy mountains as their backdrop thereby almost making the heartache worthwhile (click on the images to enlarge).
Sometimes don’t you wish you had a bottle of cleaner and a rag to clean dirty railway carriage windows. Do you have a photograph of the train you were riding?
I didn’t but it was like one of these – http://www.train-photos.com/picture/number5494.asp
If it had been the Jacobite I would have taken lots!
Thanks for the links. Maybe I’ll take a ride on a train sometime this summer. Oh, what fun..I hope it will be.